Just and Sinner Podcast

Today's podcast is a Q&A program that covered a large variety of topics. Among them were: discernment ministries, why I don't like getting into the creation debate, the differences between the AALC and the LCMS, and many other important topics.

Direct download: QA_Program_October_10_2018.mp3
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On this program, I played a talk I delivered on the resurrection of Christ. This is the third part in a series of studies on various aspects of Christian apologetics. Future programs will feature the rest of this series. 

Direct download: A_Defense_of_the_Resurrection_of_Christ.mp3
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This program is a response to the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. I discuss some of the problems with the document as well as giving credit to what has been correctly identified within it. These conversations are extremely important, but must be handles with care and compassion. 

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On today's podcast, I played a lecture I delivered on the reliability of Scripture. This is the second part of an apologetics class I taught for adults in Watseka, IL during the VBS of Faith and Calvary Lutheran Churches. 

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On today's program, I played a lecture I gave on the topic of apologetics.

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This program is a lecture given on the topic of Law and Gospel. 

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Today's program is the fourth lecture in Dr. Joel Biermann's series of talks given at the 2018 AALC National Convention. The topic is the two kinds of righteousness. 

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On today's program, I played a lecture from Joel Biermann's talks at the 2018 AALC National Convention. The subject of this third lecture in the series is on redemption and atonement. There is a lot of great content here. You don't want to miss it!

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This week's podcast contains Joel Biermann's second lecture at the AALC National Convention. This talk is on the Fall of man. If you have not yet listened to the first part, you probably want to go listen to that prior to this. I also have uploaded the video onto YouTube. 

Direct download: Humanity_after_the_Fall.mp3
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Today's podcast is a lecture from Dr. Joel Biermann on the subject of humanity in creation. This is a talk given at the 2018 National Convention of the AALC in Minneapolis, MN. It will be followed with three further talks to be uploaded in the future. I have also provided a video of this talk on YouTube.

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On this program, I continued my discussion on contemporary views of gender. I spent the majority of the program discussing Marxism as well as some basics of Postmodernism. I also gave a brief overview of the impact of existential philosophy on feminist philosophy. This is all done so that we have a better understanding of where the modern world is and how we can give a Biblical response.

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On this program, I discussed the confusion surrounding gender in our culture. I address the ideological foundations of where we are today, especially through the loss of classical essentialist philosophy with the rise of existentialism, Marxism, and Postmodernism.

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Today's program is an introduction to apologetics as well as a brief overview of apologetic methodologies. I discuss evidentialism, classical apologetics, presuppositionalism, as well as fideism and the importance of defending the Christian faith.

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This podcast is a Q&A program, addressing your listener questions on a variety of topics. It's good to be back!

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Due to flooding in our church, I have not been able to record in my office. Today, therefore, I put up a lecture from Dr. Curt Leins on the Sacraments which was delivered at the Hold the Line Conference in West Virginia. The audio is not the best, but the content is excellent!

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I have been repeatedly asked by listeners to interact with both Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro. The recent discussion on the Rubin Report between both of them presented a great opportunity to do so, as they addressed the topic of religion. In this program, I responded to their comments on Christianity, though I dealt primarily with Shapiro's commentary from a Jewish perspective. I will address the details of Peterson's interpretation of the Bible on another program in the future.

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On this program, I continued my critique of the so-called "Biblical Patriarchy" movement. I talked about the role of women in society, along with the necessity of women to--at times--correct men. This is a corrective to the overreaction of some Christian churches against feminism. 

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On this program I began a discussion of the Biblical Patriarchy movement, and some of the concerns I have with it. This is going to be the first part in a future series which examines the tenets of Christian Patriarchy, and interacts with some of its prominent defenders. 

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After asking listeners what they wanted to hear about this week, several people asked about the structure of the church in Lutheranism. I decided to focus on this as I spoke about church polity in Lutheranism and the New Testament. I also spent a significant portion of the program discussing the office of bishop. 

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On this program, I continued the previous discussion over the questions of perseverance and apostasy. I interact here with the common objections to the notion that true believers can fall from the faith.

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On today's program, I played a lecture from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips from the Imago Dei Conference from 2015. The topic is sin and its relationship to the image of God, answering the question as to whether the image of God was completely destroyed by sin. 

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This podcast was recorded on Youtube in interaction with listeners. We covered a bunch of topics.

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On today's podcast, I played a lecture from Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins on the pastor as teacher of the liturgy. This should serve as a helpful introduction to liturgical worship for those who might be unfamiliar with it.

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On this program, I play a lecture I gave at the 2017 AALC Reformation Conference on the subject of Good Works and the Christian Life as taught in the Augsburg Confession Article VI. 

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On this program, I play a lecture from the Rev. Dr. Curtis E Leins who is the presiding pastor of the AALC. This lecture was given at the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in October of 2017. A video is also going to be available on Youtube along with the other talks at the conference. 

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On today's program, I covered some of the recent controversy surrounding the role of good works in final salvation. I discussed some of the material written by John Piper on the matter, along with other contributors to this debate. I discussed the position of the Formula of Concord on the topic in relation to the Majorist controversy.

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On today's program, I discussed presuppositional apologetics. I responded to some recent comments from Dr. Scott Oliphant on the subject which were highly critical of the classical method. I examined the method of Lutheran dogmaticians in reaction to these models. 

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Today, I addressed the issue of perseverance and apostasy. I discussed the various Reformed perspectives on the issue, and then began an examination of the Scriptural texts in defense of the notion that it is possible for true believers to fall away from the faith.

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On today's program, I introduced some of the basic concepts of philosophy. This included a discussion of the ideas proposed by the Pre-Socratic philosophers, as well as the metaphysics of Plato. I gave some biographical information about why I began studying philosophy, including an argument that such a study is important for anyone who is engaged in theology. 

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On today's program, I answered listener questions. Some of the topics were: beneficial theologians from other Christian traditions, premilennialism, the church fathers, and my favorite bands (yeah...unrelated, but someone asked). Check out the discussion!

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This is the final section of my lecture series on the history and theology of the Reformation. In this talk, I discuss Luther's approach to the two kinds of righteousness, the two kingdoms, and other aspects of the Christian life.

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This is the third in a series of lectures I delivered on the topic The History and Theology of the Reformation. Following up on the previous talk on the life of Martin Luther, in this class I discuss the major theological themes in Luther's writings. I address these in the context of various debates in which the Reformer was engaged throughout his life.

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On today's podcast, I played a lecture that I gave on the life and legacy of Martin Luther.

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On today's program, I played the first of a series of four lectures I gave on the history and the theology of the Reformation.

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On today's program, I responded to comments from Dr. James White about Lutheranism. I discussed several misconceptions about what Lutherans believe, and addressed the relationship between the Lutheran Confessions and Philip Melanchthon.

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On today's program, I dealt with the relationship between faith and reason. I began with a discussion of Luther's own thought on the topic, while addressing criticisms that he is an irrationalist. I then discussed this in relation to Luther's distinction between the two kingdoms. I then discussed the idea of paradox and contrasted this approach with that of Zwingli and later Calvinism.

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On today's program, I addressed the teaching of objective justification. I responded to some false understandings of this idea, and also responded to some criticisms. I overviewed some of the basic arguments for the teaching, and read citations from Lutheran theologians in the past on the issue.

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On today's program, I addressed listener questions on a variety of topics. I discussed the recent debate on the Marian dogmas, and then discussed the high priestly prayer in John 17 as well as the connection between election and perseverance in Romans 8. Finally, I addressed my recent blog post on circumcision and baptism. 

Direct download: QAJune2017.mp3
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On today's program, I discussed the debate which happened yesterday on the subject of limited atonement, in which I debated Rev. Dr. Theodore Zachariades on the question: Did Jesus Die for All? On today's program, I put together some of my thoughts on the conversation, and I also expanded upon the points which I was only able to present in a cursory fashion during the debate. 

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This was supposed to be a Q&A program, but I ended up answering only one listener question related to the authority of the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the importance of Confessions, their nature, and the relationship between Confessions and Scripture. I also asked the question as to whether it might be necessary to add to our Confessions of faith in the future.

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On today's program, we continued our study of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith, and I was joined by Rev. Lewis Polzin.

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On today's program, I spoke about problems with the Book of Mormon. I addressed the lack of historical evidence of any of its events, and discussed the fact that the Mormon texts do not speak like ancient documents, but as products of the nineteenth century.

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On this program, I played two sermons that I preached on the Levitical sacrifices. They were on the burnt and grain offerings.

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On today's program, I discussed water as a Biblical theme. I began with the Spirit hovering over the water in Genesis 1, and then discussed the flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, and Levitical washings. I demonstrated that all of these ideas are fulfilled in Holy Baptism. 

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On today's program, I addressed a bunch of listener questions on a multitude of topics. Among these were: the theology of St. Augustine, the distinction between law and gospel, fellowship between Lutherans and Anglicans, and a rant about how obnoxious the anti-Lent facebook posts are.

Direct download: Q_A_March_2017.mp3
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On today's program, I continued my discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Articles III, "Of the Son of God." I discussed Christological heresies, the two natures of Christ, the catholicity of the Lutheran reformation, and the connection between Christology and soteriology.

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On today's program, I continued our discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Article II on the topic of original sin. I also discussed the nature of free will in connection to original sin.

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On today's program, I began my exposition of the Augsburg Confession with Article I on the doctrine of God. Along with this, I discussed some of the most valuable resources in studying the Lutheran confessions.

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On today's program, I continued my discussion of the Lutheran Confessions with the Formula of Concord.

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On today's program, I continued looking at the Lutheran Confessions with an overview of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, and Luther's Small and Large Catechisms. 

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On today's program, I continued my introduction to the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the history and theology of the three ecumenical creeds, and spoke about the importance of the Augsburg Confession for the Lutheran tradition. 

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On today's program, I began a new series on the Lutheran Confessions. In this first episode, I discussed the importance of confessions of faith, and the history of their use in the Christian church. I then briefly introduced the Lutheran Confessional documents. 

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On today's program, I spent time answering listener questions on a variety of topics. This included: the third use of the law in the Lutheran and Reformed traditions, Luther's opinion of the book of James, my favorite Psalter, my opinion of Rogue One, and many other topics!

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This is the roundtable discussion from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference. 

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This lecture was presented by Gene Edward Veith at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.

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This lecture was given by Dr. Gene Edward Veith at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference on the topic of economics. 

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This lecture was presented at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips on the topic, "Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America."

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On today's program, I played a lecture by Eric Phillips titled "Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State" from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.

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On today's program, I played my final lecture from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference on the topic, "Worship as the Agent of Cultural Transformation."

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On today's program, I played my first lecture from the 2016 Just and Sinner conference on Escondido theology.

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This is my breakout session from 2016 Just and Sinner conference on the topic of the redemption of creation in a two kingdom context.

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On today's program, I responded to moral arguments against the Bible as made by popular YouTuber AaronRa. I dealt with the issues of slavery, rape, the foundation of moral judgments, and other important moral questions.

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On this program, I continued responding to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of Baptismal Regeneration.

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On today's program, I continued my response to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of baptismal regeneration. I discussed the relationship between faith and baptism, monergism and baptism, and other important issues.

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On today's program, I responded to atheist youtuber AronRa on the subject of abortion. He argues that the Bible does not prohibit abortion, and that Numbers 5 actually teaches that the Israelites were called to perform abortions. These assertions were demonstrated to be completely baseless. 

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On today's program, I responded to a sermon preached by Brian Schwertley on the subject of baptism. I defended the Lutheran view of baptismal regeneration. 

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On today's program, I continued my discussion of scholasticism through giving a historical overview of the thirteenth century, and Thomas Aquinas in particular. I discussed his most important writings and contributions to both theology and philosophy. 

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On today's program, I recorded a question and answer podcast live on facebook. I interacted with listener questions on a number of topics including baptism, the two natures of Christ, the episcopacy, and the the nature of the ministry.

Direct download: LivePodcast.mp3
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On today's program, I discussed scholastic theology. For the first half, I gave an introduction to some of the issues raised in scholasticism, and common contemporary criticisms of the scholastic method. For the final half hour, I gave a brief history of how Christian theology led to scholasticism in the twelfth century with Peter Lombard.

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On today's program, I was joined by my wife who interviewed me about my new book Hands of Faith. I discussed several aspects of the Lutheran distinction between the two kinds of righteousness. 

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On today's program, I addressed a number of listener questions. I discussed Christian liberty and the use/non-use of alcohol, some thoughts on the two kinds of righteousness in relation to my most recent book, as well as the efficacy of regeneration as connected with infant baptism.

I apologize for the not-so-great audio quality.

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On today's program, I played a lecture that I gave on the differences between Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism, with regard to both doctrine and practice.

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On today's program, I played another lecture in a series I have been teaching on the differences between Lutheranism and other branches of the Christian faith. In this talk, I discussed the differences between Lutheranism and Presbyterianism. I gave a history of the Reformed church which developed into Presbyterianism, and talked about the differences between a Calvinistic and Lutheran understanding of grace and predestination.

I apologize for the bad audio quality of the recording.

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On today's programmed, I played a talk I gave about the differences between Lutherans and Baptists. This is part of a series of talks about the differences between Lutherans and other Christian groups. In this talk, I discussed the history of the Baptist movement, as well as some of the differences among various Baptist groups. I then presented the Biblical case for infant baptism in opposition to Baptist theology.

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On today's program, I continued our discussion of the Lutheran liturgy. On this episode, we talked about the Gospel reading, Gospel books, processionals, and debates about who should read Scripture in a church service and present children's sermons. 

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On today's program, Lisa Cooper was a guest host, as she interviewed Jordan about his new book Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life

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On today's program, I discussed the Mormon doctrine of God, and its differences with Christian orthodox Trinitarianism. I talked about monotheism vs. polytheism, exhaltation to Godhood, theosis, Brigham Young's Adam-God theory, and many other important issues. 

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On today's program, I continued our discussion of the liturgy as we began talking about the Scripture readings. I spent the majority of the program discussing the nature and importance of using a lectionary in worship.

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On today's program, I discussed the history and theology of Mormonism. I discussed Mormon apologetics, and the errors in their manner of thinking and argumentation. This should serve as an introduction for those who live in areas that are heavily populated by Mormons and aren't familiar with their beliefs, especially for those who want to bring the gospel to those who are in the LDS movement. 

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On this week's program, I spent the hour discussing a number of different issues surrounding the nature of preaching. I began with the question, "Should a pastor preach a sermon that is all law?" This led to a number of further questions surrounding preaching and law and gospel.

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On today's program, I spent the hour discussing listener questions. We covered a variety of topics including closed communion, church fellowship, the words of institution, and much more!

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On today's program, I was joined by my wife Lisa Cooper to discuss family worship. We talked about the three most important aspects of family worship: prayer, catechesis, and hymnody. We discussed the practices that we have used ourselves, relevant Biblical texts, and contemporary resources to help in this practice.

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This message was preached on Job 19:23-29 for Easter Sunday on March 27, 2016.

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On today's program we continued to look at the church's liturgy. We began with a discussion of purification and priesthood in the Old Testament, and then discussed the introit, Psalm singing, the kyrie, and the various hymns of praised used in Lutheran churches.

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On today's program, I was joined once again by Rev. Lewis Polzin as we continued our discussion of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. In going through the ordo salutis, we approached the topic of regeneration. This is, in my opinion, one of our best programs, as we addressed a number of extremely important topics including: the nature of regeneration, infant faith, baptism, repentance, the fruits of repentance, and the importance of pastoral care in the application of law and gospel to the individual.

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On today's program, I was joined by my wife, Lisa Cooper, to discuss birth control. We laid out a number of different perspectives on this issue from a variety of Christians, and gave reasons why each view is supported.

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Don't worry, I have not suddenly abandoned sola fide, but on today's program I discussed some problems with James White's recent comments on the doctrine of justification in Genesis 12-15. White purports that Abraham was not justified until the covenant cutting ceremony of Genesis 15 in light of his interpretation of Romans 4. I take him to task on several of these points, and demonstrate that justification does not have to be spoken of as only a past-tense reality. This outlines one of the differences between a Lutheran view and many Reformed perspectives on justification.

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On today's program, I discussed the recent joint statement of the ACNA, LCMS, and LCC which resulted from five years of ongoing theological dialogue. I discussed the similarities between Lutheranism and Anglicanism as well as the various ways in which these two traditions differ. 

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On today's program, I went back to an old series of podcasts I was doing on the ordo salutis, and discussed the doctrine of illumination. The topics and content were different than those of the recent Jacobs's study podcast on the same topic.

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On today's program I discussed the doctrine of divine simplicity and the attributes of God. This led to a number of topics surrounding the doctrine of God, including the eternal generation of Christ, contemporary challenges to classical Theism, and many other important issues. 

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On today's program I discussed the nature of human free will in its fourfold state. I spent the majority of the program discussing the nature of free will prior to the fall, and the various definitions of free will that have been explained by different theologians. I also talked about the difference between the regenerate and unregenerate will, and the question of the impeccability of Christ.

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On today's program, I was joined again by Rev. Lewis Polzin to continue our discussion of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We continued our overview of the ordo salutis as we discussed Jacobs' chapter on illumination. This led to a number of different topics including: apologetics, the relationship between faith and reason, and the knowledge of the unbeliever. 

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On today's podcast, I discuss the two kingdoms, and ways in which Christians can initiate cultural change. I discuss the common confusion of the kingdom of the right and left, why liturgy is essential, and involvement in politics, along with several other related topics. 

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On today's program, I discussed a number of issues surrounding my book The Great Divide: A Lutheran Evaluation of Reformed Theology. I talked about the variety of perspectives within the Reformed tradition, and the impossibility of explaining the Reformed tradition through one particular school of thought. 

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On today's program, I answered a variety of listener questions on a large number of topics. I discussed liturgy, original sin, my favorite theologians, and much more.

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On today's program, I continued my series on Lutheran liturgy. I spent the hour discussing confession and absolution. I looked at the Old Testament liturgical basis for this aspect of worship, differences in how this practice is done, and the place of confession and absolution within the structure of the Divine Service.

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On today's program, I was joined once again by Rev. Lewis Polzin to discuss the call of God as we continue going through Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith

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